White-robed Kannon Kuchi-e Print

by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

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White-robed Kannon Kuchi-e Print by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

Original Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942) Japanese Woodblock Print
White-robed Kannon Kuchi-e Print

The Kuchi-e Tradition - Kuchi-e prints are woodblock frontispiece illustrations used in the publication of Japanese novels and magazines around the turn of the 20th century. Most kuchi-e prints were illustrations of bijin and continued the tradition of idealized beauties in Japanese art. The subjects, however, have a decidedly Meiji era feel about them and reflect the artistic movement towards more western design. Kuchi-e prints typically have one or two folds because of their use.

Much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's book, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture." Kuchi-e prints have become highly sought after and collected by the serious collector.

Comments - Terrific kuchi-e print from the novel "Haiku Kannon" (White-robed Kannon). Leaning forward with a look of intense concentration, an artist sketches out a design below a larger image of a beauty against a red artist's palette. She holds a fan, and wears a ring. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the beauty's hair and lightly embossed lines on the fan. A striking design.

Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

Image Size - 8 3/8" x 11 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical folds.

White-robed Kannon Kuchi-e Print by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
White-robed Kannon Kuchi-e Print by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

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